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Araf / Somewhere in Between

Araf / Somewhere in Between

2012 / Turkey, Germany, France / 124 min / N-13
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Director(s) - Yesim Ustaoglu
Screenwriter(s) -
Yesim Ustaoglu
Actors - Neslihan Atagul, Barıs Hacıhan, Ozcan Deniz, Nihal Yalcın, Ilgaz Kocaturk, Can Basak, Yasemin Conka
Producer(s) - Serkan Cakarer, Catherine Dussart, Viola Fügen, Yesim Ustaoglu, Michael Weber
Cinematographer - Michael Hammon
Editor(s) - Mathilde Muyard, Svetolik Mica Zajc, Naim Kanat
Composer(s) - Marc Marder
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Dialogues - Turkish, English, Arabic
Subtitles - Lithuanian, English
It is the story of Zehra and Olgun, two young souls trying to break away from the vicious cycle of dysfunctional families and small-town lethargy. Yet the escape they choose in order to change their destinies will lead to unforeseen consequences. Zehra and Olgun are confined to a daily routine, working double shifts at a motorway service station. Olgun is deeply in love with Zehra, yet she seems indifferent to his feelings. Outside work, they take refuge in TV-fuelled dreams of a better future, of becoming famous and rich. Their lives are turned upside down when Zehra, at a wedding, meets a taciturn truck driver, Mahur, with whom she starts a secret love affair. New desires and pleasures soon metamorphose into oppressive feelings of shame and guilt as she finally ends up abandoned and pregnant. Olgun, meanwhile, faces a deeper quandary as he tries to cope with the painful truth.

About Directors

Yesim Ustaoglu (b. 1960 in Kars, Turkey).


"The Trace" (1994), "Journey to the Sun" (1999), "Waiting for the Clouds" (2003), "Pandora’s Box" (2009, "Kino pavasaris"), "Araf / Somewhere in Between" (2012, "Kino pavasaris").